Japan revises guidelines for overseas tourists

The Japan Tourism Agency has revised its guidelines for overseas tourists. Foreigners can enjoy stays in Japan more freely, but individual travelers will still not be allowed to enter the country.

Japanese government will ease restrictions for foreign travelers next week. Starting on Wednesday, the government will allow tourists from all countries to enter Japan without joining a guided tour.

But only package tours in which itineraries and accommodation arrangements are set through travel agencies are permitted.

Destinations for the guided tours had been determined in advance. But going forward, tourists can freely decide their schedule for sightseeing and meals during the day.

Travel agencies will be responsible for the tours, and will need to obtain phone numbers and other relevant contact information from the tourists.

They will also be required to ask tourists to follow basic anti-infection measures, such as wearing face masks.

The Japan Tourism Agency says no overseas tourists have been reported infected with COVID-19 since Japan reopened to holidaymakers in June. The agency says it hopes to gradually increase the number of visitors, while taking thorough anti-infection measures.